Follow the Journey of an Owner Builder: Permits, Plumbing, Preparation for Fit Out

Over the course of the next few months, Sketch Building Design will be following the journey of an owner builder.
We will to take you step by step through each stage of the build, providing you with valuable insight into the process of building your home.
Follow us on this journey, and if you have any questions along the way contact us here.

PERMITS

  • The restump (see previous post) was carried out on a separate permit, which is provided by the company.
  • If at this stage you don’t already have your building permit, no problem – no permit is required to have the plumbing and electricity installed within the existing house. Take advantage of the open floors while you can.
  • It is a 6-8 week wait for an Owner Builder Certificate through the VBA (Victorian Building Authority), so be sure to submit the application well in advance so that the building process is not delayed.
  • You will need your plans ready to be submitted for your Owner Builder Certificate, which will then be sent over to the building surveyor for the building permit. Your building permit will need to be authorised by a private building surveyor.

    As an owner builder, the only thing you will have to do is obtain the Owner Builder Certificate. The plans and building permit can be taken care of by Sketch Building Design.

certificate of consentFor more information on becoming an owner builder, visit the VBA website. Or you can download the Application Kit here.


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Now that we have the building permit, we can begin work on the extension.


 

STAGE 2: INSULATION AND FLOORING

Now that the plumbing and the electrical has been installed to the sub-floor, the flooring can now begin. We are using foil board Super 15mm insulation to the under floor which are fitting snugly between joists.

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The Yellow Tongue 19mm flooring arrives


IMG_3666Daryl from Driptech Plumbing (0413 823 441) begins the work on the stormwater for the new downpipe locations and new sewer for the ensuite.


IMG_3668Line marked out ready for the excavator for the trench


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IMG_3677The pipes are in, ready for the inspector. Tomorrow will be back fill.


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Backfilling and levelling of site


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Clearing for the extension


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Back fill completed, cleaned up and levelled out.


 

PREPARATION FOR INTERNAL FIT OUT

As part of the Owner Builder, you will need to get your hands dirty and be the labourer. As you can see below, the owner is taking off the architraves of the existing residence in preparation for the carpenters.

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SEE PREVIOUS POST…

IMG_3650STAGE 1: MAKING THE MOVE, RESTUMPING



Follow the Journey of an Owner Builder: Making the Move, Restumping

Over the course of the next few months, Sketch Building Design will be following the journey of an owner builder.
We will to take you step by step through each stage of the build, providing you with valuable insight into the process of building your home.
Follow us on this journey, and if you have any questions along the way contact us here.

STAGE 1: MAKING THE MOVE

Currently in its third week, the restorations and addition for this Victorian weatherboard have commenced.

Clearing the front of the house in preparation for the restump:
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Relocating the family to the rear of the house, this is how life will be for the duration of the buildIMG_3615


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At least the kids are happy

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RESTUMPING THE EXISTING HOUSE

The most important thing when beginning a renovation is to get the floors fixed by a reputable restumping company. A solid foundation will make life easier after this has been done correctly.

In this case, the restumping commenced, but as all renovations go we found bearers and joists to be completely rotted through. The guys from Melbourne Wide Reblocking & Underpinning went about their business and completely re-floored the existing house with new stumps, bearers and joists.

Can’t thank the guys enough for doing a great job.


 

IMG_3631The restumping begins!


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Whilst the floors are open, we’ve got the sparky checking and roughing in the power points.

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SEE NEXT POST…

IMG_3677STAGE 2: PERMITS, PLUMBING AND PREP FOR INTERNAL FIT OUT